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Research Specialist

Position Information

Position Information

Date Posted 05/18/2017
Working Title Research Specialist
Job Classification Research III
Department Name 35204-Med-Pharmacology and Chemical Biology
Job Type Staff
Position Number 0134508
Hiring Range $23,868.00 - $37,752.00
Position Description

The University of Pittsburgh Department of Pharmacology and Chemical Biology is seeking a qualified Research Specialist.

The Research Specialist position is to perform animal experiments on rodents and conduct molecular and cell biology studies involving biochemical assays, recombinant protein expression/purification, immunoblotting, co-immunoprecipitation, and a range of cell-based assays (cell growth, survival, migration, and differentiation). Duties will include routine laboratory procedures and tests, lab maintenance, designing/conducting experiments, analyzing data and generate lab reports, and supervising/training junior lab members and students. Must be proficient in animal studies and have experience working with tumor xenografts and genetic mouse models of cancer.

Education Required Baccalaureate
Minimum Related Experience Level Required 2-3 years experience
Additional Education and/or Experience Essential to the Position

B.S. in life sciences or related field. Cell culture experience essential. Animal work experience required. Gel electrophoresis, biochemical assays, cell handling experience desired. Basic molecular biology skills including ability to transform bacteria, purify protein, perform DNA plasmid preparation, and other routine molecular biological techniques are highly desirable.

Required Licenses/Certifications
Child Protection Clearances

The following PA Act 153 clearances and background checks may be required prior to commencement of employment and as a condition of continued employment: PA State Police Criminal Record Check, FBI Criminal Record Check, PA Child Abuse History Clearance.

Assignment Category Regular, Full-Time
Percent Effort 100
Scheduled Work Hours 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
If Varied Work Schedule, Please Specify
If Part Time, Actual Standard Weekly Hours
Campus Pittsburgh
University Benefits

The University offers an excellent comprehensive benefits package for all full-time and part-time regular employees including:

• Education benefits and a retirement plan with employer match

• Group medical insurance, life insurance, and optional vision and dental insurance

• Free transit service within Allegheny County for employees of the Oakland campus (Port Authority Transit)

• Time off benefits including vacation, sick and personal time

For more information regarding the University’s benefits package, please visit

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have a bachelor's degree or higher or will have completed one by the end of this current term?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * How did you hear of this position at the University of Pittsburgh?
    • Career Development Center (CDC)
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Commonwealth Workforce Development System (Formerly PA CareerLink)
    • Currently a University Employee
    • Pitt Career Services
    • Pittsburgh Post Gazette
    • Pittsburgh Technology Council
    • PittSource Search
    • Referral (Friend, University Employee, etc.), please specify below
    • Internet Search
    • Other: (Please specify below)
  3. * Please specify from above (if applicable):

    (Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
Optional Documents